Should I Hire a Moving Company?11/05/2017 Cross-Country Moving: DIY vs. Hiring Pros Moving is rarely a smooth, anxiety-free event, even if it's just to the other side of town. When you are moving cross-country, the challenges grow. It is probable that such a move is already full of anxiety. Possibly it's the excitement of a new job, business or educational opportunity. Possibly you're anxious about being away from the family, or maybe you are making the relocation to be near an aging parent in their golden years. That is already oodles to manage. Include a long-distance move in addition and the stress can really accumulate. At its most simple form, moving encompasses the complete sorting, packing, loading, transport, unloading and unpacking of all one's belongings. A Do-it-Yourself cross-country move will include all that, plus perhaps significant downsizing of one's possessions. Is there room for your perfectly broken-in sofa or grandma's heirloom hutch? You might have to sell or give away a lot of items - and then go shopping to replace them all when you unpack at your new residence. You'll have the task of scheduling the rental of a moving van and getting it at the proper time – cross your fingers that everything is as promised! The work of loading the truck will be yours - including cautious consideration of delicate items, securing all cargo while also protecting it from damage, and making sure that the entire load will travel well. Kids, pets, and additional vehicles must have management, in addition. Transit to your new residence could require some days to accomplish. Plan your course and stops to accommodate your moving van, make sure it's safe each night and do not plan to use a fast food drive-thru! When you finally arrive, if all has gone without a hitch, you can spend the day unloading everything. Hopefully your packing and loading job was accurately done, and your possessions are in tip-top shape. When you're done, rest your back while you return the rental truck while you get to know the ins and outs of traffic in your new town! Compare this with hiring a professional moving company. You schedule the movers. They provide materials and can even help in boxing things up. On moving day, all you need to worry about are the things you will take yourself - a suitcase of clothes, toiletries, devices. This will leave time to focus on what your children and pets will require on hand, and take your time helping them adjust to the move. An seasoned professional moving company knows how to load the truck the right way. Grandma's hutch will be in good hands. In the event that something does get marred, the moving company will be responsible for it. You are free to plan your move with maximum flexibility. Driving a family car or two? You can to use the drive-thru! Enjoy country roads and know that national parks, historic sites, and points of interest will all be able to fit your vehicle. Spend time along the way with kin or at quaint B&Bs without having anxiety about parking or large truck turn-arounds. Your professional moving crew will arrive and unload your things for you. You can concentrate on making sure the setup of your new home is on track; hooking up utilities, change of address, enrolling your children in school, mapping the best route to work. If there was an unanticipated delay with your housing at the last-minute - paperwork delays in closing on your new house or the rental property wasn't vacated on time - your movers can divert your things to a safe and secure storage facility, leaving you free to manage the issue. Imagine the hassle of that, in addition to having to return the rental truck on time while you analyze storage options! Moving on your own in San Antonio can surely be cost effective, but what it requires in the way of time, hassle, inconvenience, stress, liability for damage, and plain old physical exhaustion is most likely not worth it. Need help with your cross-country move? Click below to begin your free estimate.